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Most Icelanders Against Legalizing Casinos

Almost 64 percent of respondents in a new survey by MMR (Media and Market Research) are against legalizing the operation of casinos in Iceland. However, according to the survey, 71 percent of men under the age of 30 are in favor of it.

MMR studied to what degree people are against the operation of casinos; 39.5 percent of respondents are strictly against the idea, 24.2 percent are rather against it than for, 20.6 are rather for than against and 15.7 percent are very much in favor of it, Morgunbladid reports.

There is a significant difference in the attitude of men and women and between different age groups; 46 percent of men are in favor of operating casinos in Iceland, while only 26 percent of women support the idea.

Furthermore, 55 percent of respondents younger than 30 support the operation of casinos in Iceland, 35 percent of people aged 30 to 49 and only 21 percent among respondents aged 50 plus. Young men are most keen on the idea, as mentioned earlier.

Icelandair has applied for permission to operate a casino in the Reykjavík Hilton Hotel Nordica. A legal amendment is required as gambling is currently illegal in Iceland.

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